By Emmanuel Ugwu, Umuahia
The new management board of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Umuahia, has asked the federal government to upgrade the medical institution to a teaching hospital, saying that it was long over due given that the facilities at the hospital were adequate enough.
Chairman of the board, Dr Wakil Chibok, made the call when he led the seven-member board on their maiden visit and facility tour of Umuahia FMC during which they also addressed the management and staff of the secondary health institution.
"We are very impressed with the facilities on ground here and wonder why this centre has not been upgraded to a teaching hospital yet. I, therefore, call on the federal government to consider this because the FMC Umuahia fully qualifies for a teaching hospital,” he said.â€¨ The board chairman also expressed surprise that “in spite of these facilities in all its units, Nigerians, especially those of the catchment areas, still seek medical attention outside the country".
While acknowledging that FMC Umuahia needed to be adequately funded by the federal government, Dr Chibok urged management to work harder and seek other means of increasing the internally generated revenue (IGR) of the health institution “without necessarily increased medical charges".
He stated that a sure means of increasing IGR was for the FMC to attract more patronage by offering prompt quality medical services to patients, noting that such reputation would attract funding and other forms of assistance from within and outside the country.â€¨ The board chairman commended the management team led by the medical director, Dr Abali Chuku for raising the standard of medical services at the institution and tasked the staff to maintain the facilities and continuously improve on their services.
He urged the host state government and the immediate host community to keep supporting the FMC and specially appealed to the state government to consider rehabilitating the internal roads, provision of water as well as assisting the FMC School of Nursing.